Ever since I was little I've always loved nautical fashion, I remember my Mum buying me a sailors hat one summer while we were on holiday, I loved that little hat and it seemed to in-still a love for nautical deep into my fashion style.
I found the most adorable nautical fabric in the remnant basket at my local Abakhan Fabrics, I'm not too sure what it is, maybe some kind of light weight shirting? Anyway, its super soft and drapes beautifully so I couldn't wait to turn it into a nautical dress.
I decided on the By Hand London Kim dress, its a simple princess seamed bodice combined with a gathered skirt, and the pin tucks at the hem are just to die for!
The instructions are great and the fit was pretty good too, I did find that it was too big at the shoulders so had to alter that slightly, but other than that it fits perfectly.
I always find gathering a skirt tricky when I use the sewing machine, I find it often snaps when pulling the threads to gather, so I decided to hand gather, it takes a little bit longer to do but its a great job to do whilst watching the TV sipping a glass of wine or two!
I didn't take a picture hand gathering on this version, but here is an example from another Kim dress that I made.
I also like to finish the inside of a lined bodice by hand too (I lined it with the same fabric as the main dress, so the picture below is the inside/wrong side of the dress), for me it enables me to ensure that the lining doesn't twist and ensure that you can't see any of the stitching on the right side of the dress, maybe I just like another excuse for a glass of wine!
I absolutely love how the By Hand London Kim dress turned out, I only wish that I added in seam pockets as I'm a sucker for a pocket.
I adore it so much that I made another version using much more expensive Liberty of London Tana Lawn, that border is just amazing!
What do you think, do you like them?
Feel free to ask any questions below.